Why West Africa Produces So Much Talent! | Explained

Why West Africa Produces So Much Talent! | Explained

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On this edition of Euro Football Daily Explained, we are exploring why West Africa and other nations on the Gulf of Guinea have been so prolific at producing talent in Football.

We look at the legacy of colonialism in the region, and how that has impacted the migratory routes which are available to players out of the continent. In particular, those coming from former Francophone nations like Senegal, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, who are regular features in the French Football pyramid. To contrast this, we look at the journey Fenerbahce forward Mbwana Samatta faced arriving to the Premier League from Tanzania.

Then we look at the academies that have produced some of the Premier Leagues biggest stars, such as Patrick Vieira’s Diambars FC, and the highly successful ASEC Mimosas academy in Côte d’Ivoire.

But we also explore the dark side of player procurement in Africa, to understand some of the morally questionable practises that go on from agents and foreign clubs which exploit the region.

And finally we go to Nigeria, and see how some of the brightest of talents have emerged from the toughest of locations.

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